When drivers do not know how to act when emergency vehicles such as ambulances approach, confusion can lead to chaos. Drivers must create safe passage for emergency vehicles through traffic, and negligence can cause multi-car accidents that could have devastating consequences. Several people suffered injuries of unknown severity when such a crash occurred in Warren County on a recent Friday.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred near Red Lion shortly before 8 a.m. when an ambulance transporting one patient was heading along State Route 122. Reportedly, an eastbound car noticed the emergency vehicle with its siren and flashing lights activated and pulled over to allow it to pass. However, the driver of a pickup truck decided to pass the car instead of pulling over as well.
A head-on collision between the pickup truck and the ambulance caused the ambulance to roll onto its side. The only details authorities provided noted that five people suffered injuries. The severity of the injuries was not reported, nor did authorities which vehicles contained the accident victims. However, they noted that there were no fatalities.
Victims of Ohio car accidents caused by the negligence of another party may pursue claims for financial relief through the civil justice system. However, when multiple vehicles are involved in a crash, establishing the negligent parties may prove to be challenging. For that reason, injured victims seeking recovery of damages typically utilize the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate the legal proceedings for them.
Source: wdtn.com, "Five people injured in crash involving ambulance", Kim Allen, Feb. 9, 2018